A few hours ago Jo Cox, MP for Batley and Spen, was shot and killed by a maniac who is reported to have uttered the words 'Britain First' or 'put Britain First' as he confronted her.
I have previously opined that debate in the referendum campaign has descended into the shrill and ugly. This incident is a reflection of that debate. Sure the stakes are high but for this to happen is a sad reflection on society.
Jo Cox was an MP with a future. The 41 yo mother of two and Cambridge University graduate had previously worked for Oxfam and the Save the Children's Fund before being elected to Parliament last year. Her life experiences; in Darfur where she saw women repeatedly raped and in Uganda where she saw child soldiers given kalashnikovs and ordered to kill their own families, made her determined to fight to right injustices wherever they occurred.
RIP Jo Cox.
Both sides have suspended campaigning. It should have never come to this.
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